Beginning of the end?

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BUXTON’S historic Haddon Hall Hotel is nearing the end of its life with high winds leading to part of the building having to be demolished this week – and the whole structure set to be knocked down within days.

A section of wall at the top of the building was swaying in high winds yesterday (Wednesday) and was deemed unsafe by a council engineer.

Fire crews knocked down the wall – but the owners have already served notice on the council of their intention to demolish the building completely.

A High Peak Council spokesman said: “We haven’t resisted that as we believe the building isn’t sustainable.”

Contractors are due to start demolition on Monday.

Police closed part of London Road and the surrounding footpaths at around 2.30pm while the work was carried out. The road reopened at around 4pm.

Nigel Henniker, watch manager with Buxton Red Watch, said: “The central section of a wall in the middle of the building was moving in the wind.

“A council engineer didn’t want to leave it overnight so asked for us to attend.”

Chris Fletcher, building control surveyor with High Peak Borough Council, said: “The central wall was loose, wobbling in the wind and in a dangerous state so we acted under section 78 of the Building Act to remove the immediate danger.”

The former hotel was ravaged by fire in February last year.